What can I do in Jasper Alberta?
Here is a short list of Jasper favorites. Albertans and travellers alike will find information on popular attractions, activities and events located on the following websites:
Restaurants of Jasper
Ski in Jasper Alberta
Wildlife in Jasper
Jasper Alberta Shopping
Jasper in January
Jasper Alberta's Historic ViewJasper's Alpine Terrain
Athabasca Pass History
Jasper Alberta's Historic Treasures
Jasper Park's Information Centre
Alberta Alpine Life Zones
Jasper Alberta's Montane
Mountain Ecosystems in Jasper
National Park History
Jasper Alberta's Subalpine
Yellowhead Pass History
Alberta's Jasper House History
Jasper Alberta's Alpine
Jasper Alberta Index
Characterized by howling winds along rocky mountainous earth, our alpine is the most intricate of Jasper's three life zones. Flowers that survive in the alpine do so using subtle strengths. Large, cup-shaped flower or leaf pedals act like mirrors, focusing sunlight on the centre of the vegetation, where pollen is produced. This creates a warm, mini-environment, attracting alpine insects to spread pollen to other vegetation, procreating the species. Reddish pigments in flowers also help convert light into heat and act as a kind of antifreeze for the plants.
Wildlife like marmots and pikas often inhabitant the alpine. These small mammals live in dens under the rocks making high-pitched whistles or squeaks when danger appears. The hardy ptarmigan is the only bird to frequent the alpine year-round. Turning white in the winter, it is perfectly camouflaged and burrows deep into snowdrifts to survive the cold temperatures.
The alpine life zone is the most fragile life zone in Jasper. While difficult to reach, some alpine areas in the park are relatively accessible. The Whistlers tramway and certain trails, especially in the Columbia Icefield and Maligne Lake areas, allow visitors to discover the alpine with only a minimal amount of effort. Wild plants and flowers will not reproduce if trampled or picked, and even something as simple as moving a stone can decrease a plant's chance of survival.
Please stay on the hiking trails and remember to take only memories and pictures with you when you leave.
Jasper Alberta's History
Those wanting to learn more about Jasper Alberta came to the right place! Here you will find historical facts and accounts from Jasper's locals and archives on how Alberta's beautiful little mountain town became to be. Additional Jasper National Park history can be found within as well.
Historical Timeline of Jasper Alberta
Alberta's Natural Wonder
Jasper National Park, Alberta Facts and Climate
Jasper Alberta History